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Macroeconomic Statistics

Consumer Price Index-Advanced (CPI-A)

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Session No.: JV 23.23

Location: Vienna, Austria

Date: August 21, 2023 - September 1, 2023 (2 weeks)

Delivery Method: In-person Training

Primary Language: English

Interpretation Language: Russian

    Target Audience

    Compilers of consumer price indexes (CPIs).

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    Qualifications

    Participants are expected to have a degree in economics or statistics; or equivalent experience.

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    Course Description

    "Disclosure: Due to COVID 19, courses will be delivered in person, hybrid, or virtual, according to safety guidelines. As of today, this course is scheduled to be delivered in person in Vienna, but its delivery method may change. By submitting your application, you confirm your availability to participate in the course either in person or virtually. Up-to-date Covid-19 vaccination is likely to be required and related information may be requested from participants for in-person courses."

    This course, presented by the Statistics Department, is intended to broaden participants’ understanding of the concepts, methods, and challenges of compiling CPIs. Concepts and methods introduced in the online CPIx are explored in greater detail to address actual compilation issues faced by participants. It provides an overview of the index number theory and the practical implications of choosing the index number formula at lower and higher levels of aggregation. The course covers the sources and methods for developing/validating weights; and practical applications of the methods used for sampling areas, items, outlets, and varieties. New and emerging data sources as well as new collection technologies are discussed. Frontier issues including how to better measure the digital economy are included. Linkages to the 2008 SNA are highlighted, including the related principles of scope, coverage, and valuation. The course covers the following topics:  calculating elementary and upper-level indexes;  methods for handling temporarily and permanently missing prices;   introducing new outlets, items, and varieties;  adjusting prices for quality changes;  chaining and linking indexes with updated weighting structures; and  meeting data users’ needs to ensure relevancy. The course follows the principles and recommendations of the CPI Manual (2020).

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: 

    • Apply recommended index calculation methods.
    • Apply methods for dealing with such index compilation challenges such as unavailable items, quality change, and keeping an index up to date.
    • Assess how well a CPI meets international guidelines for best practice.
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